Coral Cup 2022 Tips – Preview, Odds and Trends (2.50pm Cheltenham Day 2)

Cheltenham Festival 2021

The Coral Cup, run over 2 miles 5 furlongs on the Old Course at Cheltenham, is a typically competitive Festival handicap.

The race has a safety limit of 26 and in the last decade has produced winners at 33/1, 28/1, 25/1 and 16/1 (three times); last year’s winner, Dame De Compagnie was the only successful favourite in that period.

Upper Lambourn trainer Nicky Henderson has saddled four winners of the Coral Cup, including the last two, so it’s no surprise that three of his horses feature among the co-favourites for the 2022 renewal.


Coral Cup Betting Tips

The Coral Cup is always a tricky race to get a handle on and it has seen some big priced winners in recent years (including last year’s 33/1 winner Heaven Help Us). Only 1 favourite has won this (Dame De Compagnie 5/1 2020) in the last 10 years.

GOWEL ROAD was impressive when beating Unexpected Party at Cheltenham in November giving him 14lb. The latter is 2nd favourite currently and is worse off at the weights now. My selection now only has to give Unexpected Party 3lbs.

He didn’t show much in the Gerry Fielding at Newbury the next time but that was at 2m which we know is an inadequate trip for him. He was 2nd to Meltier last time out at Lingfield but again was over a trip too short. He has had a nice break now and should come here fresh

He disappointed in the County Hurdle at last year’s Cheltenham Festival but I’m happy to forgive that as that was over 2m and he was only a 5yo. I believe he has improved this year for the step up to 2 ½ miles. His win in November was on the old course which is the course the Coral Cup is run on and that’s a huge bonus. I believe this has been the target since his win here in November and at a general 14/1, he is overpriced and worth a stab at.

 GOWEL ROAD (14/1)

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Coral Cup Trends

Age – 9 of the last 12 winners were aged 5-7.

Price – 1 of the last 12 winners have been favourites, 2/12 winners were in the top 3 in the betting, 10/12 were priced 12/1 or bigger.

Weight – 9/12 winners weighed between 10st 6lbs & 11st 6lbs.

Last Run – 5/12 winners won on their last run before the Coral Cup, 10/12 winners had their last run within 80 days.

Previous Course Form – 9/12 winners had at least 1 previous run at Cheltenham, 4/12 winners had a previous win at Cheltenham.

Previous Distance Form – 10/12 winners had at least 1 run over 19-21 furlongs, 7/12 winners had a previous win over 19-21 furlongs.

Previous Hurdle Form – 10/12 winners had at least 6 runs over hurdles, 12/12 winners had at least 2 previous wins over hurdles, 9/12 winners had at least 2 wins over hurdles.

Rating – 10/12 winners had at a rating of 140 or higher.

Season Form – 9/12 winners had at least 2 runs that season, 9/12 winners had at least 1 win that season.


Coral Cup Recent Winners

Year Horse Jockey Trainer
2009 Ninetieth Minute P W Flood T J Taaffe
2010 Spirit River Barry Geraghty Nicky Henderson
2011 Carlito Brigante Davy Russell Gordon Elliott
2012 Son Of Flicka Jason Maguire Donald McCain
2013 Medinas Wayne Hutchinson Alan King
2014 Whisper Nico De Boinville Nicky Henderson
2015 Aux Ptits Soins Sam Twiston-Davies Paul Nicholls
2016 Diamond King Davy Russell Gordon Elliott
2017 Supasundae Robbie Power Mrs John Harrington
2018 Bleu Berry Mark Walsh Willie Mullins
2019 William Henry Nico De Boinville Nicky Henderson
2020 Dame De Compagnie Barry Geraghty Nicky Henderson


Coral Cup Result 2020

1st – Dame De Compagnie (5/1)

2nd – Black Tears (12/1)

3rd – Thosedaysaregone (10/1)

4th – Cracking Smart (33/1)


Coral Cup FAQs

  • When is the Coral Cup?

    The Coral Cup is due off at 2.50pm on day 2 of the Cheltenham Festival, Wednesday 17th March 2021. 

  • Who is favourite to win the Coral Cup?

    This is a wide-open handicap race but the current favourites are The Shunter and On The Blind Side at 16/1 with bet365. Keep an eye on the odds and declarations as we get closer to the start of the Cheltenham Festival.